Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art

Have you seen this yet?

Neil Gaiman Addresses the University of the Arts Class of 2012 from The University of the Arts (Phl) on Vimeo.

If you are too impatient to watch the full 20 minute speech, I’ll attempt to capture some of the best, spirit-nourishing bits:

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.

The rules on what is possible and impossible…were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can.  If you don’t know it’s impossible it’s easier to do. And because nobody’s done it before, they haven’t made up rules to stop anyone doing that again, yet.

We’re in a transitional world right now…the nature of distribution is changing, the models by which creators got their work out into the world, and got to keep a roof over their heads and buy sandwiches while they did that, are all changing. I’ve talked to people at the top of the food chain in publishing, in bookselling, in all those areas, and nobody knows what the landscape will look like two years from now, let alone a decade away. The distribution channels that people had built over the last century or so are in flux for print, for visual artists, for musicians, for creative people of all kinds. Which is, on the one hand, intimidating, and on the other, immensely liberating.

The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.

Love Neil Gaiman.  LOVE him!!


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